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THE Grenfell Tower fire resulted from the failure of ministers to monitor and address national safety issues, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said yesterday.
Channel 4’s Dispatches, which aired on Monday evening, questioned if the London Fire Brigade’s (LFB) stay-put policy had led to the deaths of 55 out of the 72 people who died in June 2017.
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack responded by saying that they were not afraid of criticising individual services and the LFB “has questions to answer” on its preparations.
“However, this is a national issue that demonstrates national failings; it is the failure of ministers to monitor and address national safety issues,” he said.
“This is not solely a London issue, there are hundreds of high-rise buildings across the UK with similar cladding as on Grenfell tower, and therefore requires national oversight and intervention from government.”
Mr Wrack said the building owners, the local authority, the politicians, their advisers, the “very people who have allowed public safety to be undermined over decades,” need to be held accountable.
FBU also said it did not recognise the programme’s analysis that residents could have been evacuated in seven minutes.
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